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Nokia has posted the templates 3D printer users need to make their own shell or case for its Lumia 820 smartphone. The mobe is already designed to swap some of its plastic parts, with the rear plate available as inert plastic or one of Nokia's inductive charging gadgets. Three different batches of files are offered to DIY …

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  1. Adam 1

    makes sense

    There is no point in setting up a factory like for accessories when I know that both of them are happy without a fancy cover.

    1. LarsG
      Meh

      I suppose

      I suppose it is an attempt to make the phone a more desirable proposition, though you might be better off selling them with a years free supply of petrol.

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        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: I suppose

          @I was enjoying the veering off into right wing conspiracies more, Eadon.

          No-one gives a flying kack about open software in mobile, excepting a very small amount of hardcore geeks. Even our most strident FOSS advocates at work, who all own Android and swear by it, don't care at all about the fact that it's open.

          Some people like the UI, some don't. One of my neighbour's kids the other day (she's 13) turned her nose up at it, said she'd heard it was really hard to use, then found games and started playing pretty much instantly.

          Also: Who wants to be the sort of saddo that is defined by the OS of their phone. It's a phone.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: I suppose

            Exactly right, open source is only an advantage two a few parties. The experienced software hackers who roll their own ROMs (again, you need a lot of experience of embedded development to do that).

            It is good for the OEMs who can experiment with it before committing to build phones.

            But for the consumer? it's not something they would really think about. If you ask the less technically minded people they would probably say something like "if it is free then it can't be any good".

            If you saw a free magazine on a table and another that cost £2, you would conclude that the freebie would be rubbish and full of adverts. Pretty much what Android is, except while you aren't seeing adverts your data is being collected and sold to advertisers and anyone else who coughs up the cash.

            If you aren't paying to use something then you are the product.

            1. Dave 126 Silver badge

              Re: I suppose

              Eadon, this is thread about 3D printing... why the hell are you putting out your tired views about OSs here? It is the wrong thread, and the wrong website since everyone here has enough experience of their own not to be swayed by your simplistic rhetoric. You are getting very tedious. Instead of writing as many posts, consider writing better quality ones.

              3D printing... oh yeah, Linux .... it's hardly the platform of choice for 3D modelling, is it? Sod off.

          2. garyc2011
            FAIL

            Re: I suppose

            "Even our most strident FOSS advocates at work, who all own Android and swear by it, don't care at all about the fact that it's open"

            contradict much ?????????????

            Anyways WP sucks balls..........thats all I have to say.

        2. RyokuMas Silver badge
          Paris Hilton

          Re: I suppose

          @ Eadon - No. You have rejected Windows Phone and you insist on applying your viewpoint to everybody. The fact that you insult anyone who has a Windows Phone ("who wants to be a saddo that has windows on his phone?") is proof of this.

          The fact is that Windows Phone (not Windows Mobile) is just over two years old. Two years after its unveiling, Android had only approximately a 3% market share - and this is with a practically empty playing field (since Apple operate by their own rules), as opposed to facing a well-established, popular competitor.

          This article is about a neat little idea that a handset manufacturer has had for their devices, and the manufacturer/device combination happens to support Windows Phone, so you felt compelled to rant about your views on Windows Phone and how it is inferior to said well-established competitor that you favour.

          That, sir, is the behaviour of a shill.

        3. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: I suppose

          So after effectively a November launch you conclude that WP8 has failed?

        4. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: I suppose

          and secondly who wants to be a saddo that has windows on his phone?

          ------------------------

          The bigger question is who wants to be a saddo telling people on a forum that they've got linux in their pocket?

      2. Harry
        Alert

        "you might be better off selling them with a years free supply of petrol"

        And there was me thinking that nokias ran on diesel.

    2. JDX Gold badge

      Re: makes sense

      Good to see Adam's sense of humour is firing on both brain cells with that original joke.

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Windows

      Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

      No, there are enough fandroid phones out there..

      Windows phone 8 is fresh, different and actually quite nice to use. It is however, missing some basic functionality, such as iplayer (adobe wont support flash on mobile devices according to nokia), customizeable UI and a few other bits. It has a decent (but not amazing) set of apps.

      I took a punt on it and i'm not dissapointed i just want MS to do the right thing and not give up on it.

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        1. dogged
          FAIL

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          Except for weirdos and people who work in tech, nobody buys an Android phone. They just buy a phone that can do what they want and fits their budget.

          Just as they buy "a computer" with the same criteria. Now, on the desktop, Windows rules because OEMs bundle it and to change it, you either have to pay retarded money for a Mac or you have to install your own OS. Aside from the two previous categories mentioned, consumers are not generally willing to do this which is why linux is on less than 4% of desktop PCs worldwide.

          WP arrives installed, is aggressively priced and can do what most people need, including "just work" with all their other stuff. The criteria for it eventually taking sizable market share are all in place. And no, people don't "hate Metro". You hate Metro because you hate everything from Microsoft before you even consider or try it.

          If market share is the one true measurement of success, both desktop linux and OSX are such utter, utter failures that anyone who uses them must be a shill or get them as gifts on free hardware.

          1. Philomena Cunk
            Megaphone

            Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

            WP doesn't work with all their other stuff thou, THAT'S the problem.

            They have Windows apps and Android apps, and Windows Phone doesn't work with either of those....

            It's a 1 horse race now (with iOS as a also ran), the world is Android, and Microsoft and Nokia aren't part of it (or perhaps Nokia ARE part of it, with their Plan B for when they have no other option but to adopt Android).

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

              @Philomena - Three posts all anti WP.

              Nice, I believe there is a word for people like you, one which Eadon is fond of, but I hesitate to use.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          @Eadon - By your logic Red Hat should just give up and become a Windows reseller.

          Do try to think your arguments through before vomiting them onto your keyboard.

          A monoculture is bad on desktop, servers or mobile devices, there is room in each market for a competitor, I would say that each market actually needs a competitor. Where is the incentive for Google to innovate in Android, if they don't have any competition?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

            Google wouldn't be able to compete. They would have no ideas to steal and no competitors to shaft with childish changes like switching off Active Sync.

            Google without Apple and Microsoft would be like Microsoft was before Apple's OSX and the iPod appeared. It took Microsoft ages to produce a follow up to XP and even then it was a failure. Windows 7 of course was much better.

        3. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          Nokia has 70% of the Windows Phone market. How are they failing to compete?

          Can't you comprehend the fact that some people want something different?

          You aren't correct and neither am I. People want different things and there's no way in hell I would let someone choose what I want for me.

          1. garyc2011

            Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

            "Nokia has 70% of the Windows Phone market. How are they failing to compete?"

            WHAT !!!!!!!!!!

            70% of 2.6% = 1.82% market share

            Get the f**k outta here..............you serious man ????

            Bada has kicked WP to the kerb.

        4. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          I'm not debating with you Eadon. You have no valid input re anything MS other than the fact you dont like it and that, because of your disdain, anyone whom does like MS (me) is wrong and misguided...

          Its a PHONE first and foremost and it fits that description adequatly well tvmi.....

        5. Anonymous Coward
          Trollface

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          @Eadon- you are wrong, and here is the reason:

          When 75% and counting of the market have switched to Windows, then you really need to be an Windows player. It's better to have 10% of a 75%+ share than to have 50% of 0.2% share. (All Linux Distros combined).

          No matter how good your Linux desktop, if the Market prefers kit running Windows you are doomed.

          Secondly!

          There are also too many "linux distros" too because several companies and groups are making them, so even with a tiny market share, companies like Ubuntu are facing stiff competition.

          -----------------------------------

          Cuts both ways Eadon :)

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

      Why would Nokia go for Android when:

      1. Elop is ex-Microsoft, so has good connections with the company.

      2. Going for Android puts them head to head with Samsung who are too dominant in the Android market.

      3. There would be no USP. Nokia would be an "also-ran" with the other 50 or so people making Android phones. With WP they are one of a smaller number of players and Samsung's share in the Windows Phone market is small.

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        1. dogged
          Stop

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          WP sells a lot more than Meego ever did.

          Go away, Eadon.

          1. Richard Plinston

            Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

            > WP sells a lot more than Meego ever did.

            Actually when the N9 with Meego was available it outsold WP7 phones even though it was only available in a restricted number of countries and was not advertised.

            http://www.osnews.com/story/25569/

            While WP does now sell more than Meego that is entirely because they are no longer being made, not because they are not in demand.

        2. RyokuMas Silver badge
          Boffin

          Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

          Claims are nothing without evidence.

          As I said earlier - Windows Phone (emphasis on "Phone" not "Mobile") is only two years old. Windows Phone 8, a matter of months.

          At two years after unveil, Android had approx 3% of the market. A market that has since grown explosively due to the uptake of Android phones, so of course by comparison, the WP market share is going to be a lot smaller.

          To state that "the market has spoken" by comparing an effectively fledgling product trying to gain a hold in an already well-established market with a competitor that has been around for three times longer and had an effectively empty playing field to start with is stupid beyond belief - this is not "the market speaking", this is the market not having choice. If you had your way, WP would fail, ergo choice would fail, which makes you no better than Microsoft on the desktop.

          Unless you can prove that the number of units sold by Android to gain their 3% share of an all-but empty market in their first two years (2007-2009) greatly exceeds those of Windows Phone in a much bigger market in its first two years (late 2010 to now) then your argument is null and void.

          Unit sales for Android and WinPhone for each of their first two years, and links to where you got them, please...

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            1. dogged
              FAIL

              Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

              Eadon, do you suffer from some kind of learning disability?

              "WinPho 7 was based on WinCE" - yes, it was. So are NatWest bank machines. That does not mean that the two are interoperable and only somebody who thought "computer = computer = computer" would assume so. You keep telling us how "technical" you are. Unless you mean "technically retarded", the only way you can make a statement like this is called "deliberately trolling".

              "WinPho 8 uses the Windows kernel" - so did NT for MIPS. Are you suggesting these two are interoperable?

              If not, either you're raising a classically dim straw man argument or you're just a troll. A real failure of a troll who has managed to make himself look less "technical" than the bloke in the yellow safety tabard picking up litter on a spike.

              I wouldn't trust you with a spike. You'd imagine your own foot was Steve Ballmer and then attack it.

            2. RyokuMas Silver badge
              Boffin

              Re: Nokia - another Microsoft victim

              @Eadon - could you buy a Windows Phone 7 on the high street before October 2012?

              I'll give you a hint - the answer is not "yes".

              Once again, you clutch at straws in an attempt to justify an irrelevant argument. We are not talking about the success of an underlying kernel - Linux too has been around for many years, and I certainly don't hear any argument from you about LiMo, webOS, Bada or any of the other Linux-based mobile operating systems and how successful they are.

              We are talking about the unit sales of Windows Phone handsets from launch to now, versus the sale of Android handsets from 2007 to 2009.

              Stop trying to change the goalposts and go find the unit figures.

    3. andy 45
      Unhappy

      Cue another tiresome Eadon flood

      As the subject line states...

  3. Steve Button

    BYOP? PYOD more like

    'nuf said.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pointless Bling

    Still can't hide a shit phone OS.

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Re: Pointless Bling

      Good job it's not shit then.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Windows

        Re: Pointless Bling

        "Good job it's not shit then."

        Well, it looks like it, and it stinks like it. I for sure won't taste it to see if it is shit or not - it was bad enough having been given a WP7 phone and finding out it really is shit - but if you tasted it, well, it was your choice...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Windows

      Re: Pointless Bling

      Yes because i bet you have weeks of experience using it so can provide valid and substantiated reasons for your dislike, or are you one of Eadons lapdogs???

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        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Pointless Bling

          @Eadon "But my opinion is irrelevant"

          Hang on to that thought, please, really hang on to it.

  5. annodomini2
    Mushroom

    Interesting Pre-cept

    Sounds like Nokia are trying to play the long game.

    Android got into the market by appealing nerd/geek/[insert other stereotype] segment of the market. Some of this segment will be software engineers, which gets them interested in the App side.

    So they sneakily had a dev base, before the system went mainstream, this is where WinPho 7/8 falls down. Windows Phone has been in the market for ages, and it's predecessors were absolute garbage. 7 and 8 are an improvement, but they missed the boat.

    The only thing that may save them is that Apple appears to have lost it's direction.

    The fundamental weakness in this concept is that the steam has run out on the 3D printing fad, simply because the stuff you get out of the affordable home machines is so crap and the amount of effort required to get these machines working correctly, far outweighs the benefits.

    There will be resurgence when the off the shelf tech gets to an affordable price point, but to me this is a cliche headline marketing bumpf. Rather than a solution to a non-existent problem.

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Interesting Pre-cept

      >There will be resurgence when the off the shelf tech gets to an affordable price point, but to me this is a cliche headline marketing bumpf.

      Agreed, when the Nokia rep put out the idea, he suggested the user making "a waterproof, glow in the dark case with a bottle opener". No.

      The home user is often better off with some epoxy for making little things that. Kydex is a handy formable sheet material- well suited for making dashboard cradles for phones etc. Loving Sikaflex at the moment- a very strong adhesive and sealant, remains permanently flexible after curing.

      I'm still assuming that no more people will own a 3D printer than currently own that hobbyist's favourite, a Dremel hand drill. I can currently see more practical uses for a desktop laser cutter for thin materials than a 3D printer in the home- larger functional objects, stencils, jigs... and yes, bottle openers.

  6. Geoff Campbell
    Pirate

    Now that's real innovation.

    Might be pointless, might not, but decent disruptive innovation. Well played, Nokia.

    GJC

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Now that's real innovation.

      I fail to see what's disruptive or innovative about this announcement. For a start, do you have any idea how much it would cost in terms of machinery and materials to produce a decent quality casing (i.e. to the same standard as the original) via a 3D printer? To give you a hint, it'll be several orders of magnitude higher than buying a moulded, third party case, via eBay.

      No, this is merely a cynical marketing ploy whereby Nokia hope to drum up sales of their phone through the use of some carefully chosen buzzwords in a press release.

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: Now that's real innovation.

        >To give you a hint, it'll be several orders of magnitude higher than buying a moulded, third party case, via eBay.

        That's very true, if thousands of other people buy the same case. Which they probably will- I can't imagine someone having case requirements that are so off-the-wall that they are thy only person who have them.

        Now, is some someone going to print a prototype case with a chorded-keyboard built in or what?

        1. Dave 126 Silver badge

          Re: Now that's real innovation.

          >Now, is some someone going to print a prototype case with a chorded-keyboard built in or what?

          Just found someone has done just that and implemented it. His blog is here:

          http://srimech.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/chorded-keyboard-for-mobile-phones.html

          He wouldn't need the external battery if he owned an Android phone with USB OTG support...

      2. Geoff Campbell
        Boffin

        @AC

        Just because you can't see how it is innovation, doesn't mean it isn't.

        It's something no other company has done. Whether anyone picks it up and does something useful with it we will see over time, but meantime, we should applaud any company that does something unusual and new, however small.

        If you don't understand that, perhaps you should just stick to Apple products :-)

        GJC

  7. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    I'm sure the handfull of real Windows Phone users are delighted

    They can buy a £400 3D printer to print a £2 case...

    Is this how bad it's got? Microsoft trying to create "cool factor" with their failed products? It's Kinect all over again....

    1. dogged
      Stop

      Re: I'm sure the handfull of real Windows Phone users are delighted

      a) Nokia, not Microsoft.

      b) Shut up Barry.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I'm sure the handfull of real Windows Phone users are delighted

      Or you can design what you want and email it off to an Internet 3D printing bureau and they'll send it back to you.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I'm sure the handfull of real Windows Phone users are delighted

      This is not really aimed at consumers at home to make them, it is for small local businesses to offer services.

      So you can walk into a shop and have your own logo or image on a case.

      Honestly, Barry you have no imagination. Don't ever start a business whatever you do.

  8. DrXym Silver badge

    Not for amateurs

    None of the rep rap / makerbot printers have anything like the precision to churn out a phone case which doesn't look really awful and have serious issues snapping shut. The effort might have greater success if it spurs Chinese manufacturers to spew out hundreds of colourful phone covers like they used to do in the days of yore for the 3210 and similar models.

  9. mark l 2 Silver badge

    it sounds like a nice idea from Nokia but i think the problem will be the percentage of people who own a 3D printer and also a Lumia is going to be about 0.000001% of the population.

    Hopefully in might encourage all manufacturers to do this in the future though for when 3D printers do become more common.

  10. Jess

    Anyone who can afford a 3D printer, could afford a 920

    So providing they haven't got any prejudices against NoWin. (e.g. upset about a previous OS being dropped like a hot potato) there could be a market, and given how bad things are for Nokia smart phones, any market has to be good.

    Otherwise they will just wait a few weeks until an Android firm does the same.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Anyone who can afford a 3D printer, could afford a 920

      "So providing they haven't got any prejudices against NoWin. (e.g. upset about a previous OS being dropped like a hot potato"

      Doesn't sound like prejudice - sounds like commonsense

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Meh

    Who cares about printing a new case?

    Give us something that can print a new CEO.

  12. Thomas Whipp

    Missing the point of 3d printing...

    3d printing is ideal for low volume runs and you can print via services like shapeways.

    Having accurate 3d models for a phone case could open up a range of cases that you'd never produce in volume - and I'm thinking work type applications. E.g. a clipboard which has the phone case as part of it to hold it steady, a case with loops to allow it to be held securely by a lanyard, etc...

    For some corporates it could also be attractive to be able to design and print their own custom case with logo.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Missing the point of 3d printing...

      Yours is the only suggestion for a use case for 3D printing that has made any sense whatsoever - congratulations!

      As others have said: your typical hobbyist 3D printer won't be able to hold the tolerances needed to make a case work - you need a professional grade printer for that. The cost of printing a case with such a printer exceeds the cost of finding the case you want, ordering it, and having it shipped to you.

      But yes, if you are making a clipboard with the phone slotted in to it, or a custom dashboard inlay, or other ideas beyond a simple snap-over case, then this does become brilliant, and I hope other phone makers will see fit to follow suit.

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: Missing the point of 3d printing...

        It might be worth looking at a material called Kydex for phone holders... it most common hobbyist application is for gun holsters and knife sheaves- the sheet of Kydex is heated and formed around the object it will house. When cooled it retains flexibility and can be sanded etc.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm sick of hearing the same old shite on the site.

    WinPhone8 is great. I don’t care that the world is full of sheepish "people" who have no opinion of their own, following the crowd and waffling the same crap time and time again, with 99% not having any hands on experience.

    The first person to mention apps needs killed. Who cares the Crapple App store has thousands of USELESS and CRAPPY apps? A few useful apps is all one needs.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      @Obviously!

      Hallelujah! (and no, I don't use a Windows phone, but this post makes sense)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Obviously!

      Can you tell me please, how can I put the certificates on a windows phone (7 or 8, you choose), to configure an Exchange mail account without mailling them to an webmail account?

      1. dogged
        Unhappy

        Re: @Obviously!

        You can't, which sucks. Massively sucks.

        That, and the lack of banking apps, are the two main reasons I don't recommend WP. If the banks stopped their "iphone is enough" thing and MS fixed that fucking security issue, it'd be a top flight OS.

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          2. James Hughes 1

            Re: @Obviously!

            @Eadon.

            Surely trusting an Windows phone with your banking details is pretty much exactly the same as trusting an Android phone with your banking details? Both have their fair share of security issues. Or do you have some actual comparisons of security between the two OS's that proves Windows is worse in this particular use case?

            1. dogged

              @James Hughes 1

              Actually, Eadon doesn't like to mention this but, partially because of the walled garden approach and partly because it's simply so much younger (as RyokuMaas points out, less than 2 years old), WP has almost no history of vulnerability at all.

              There was a text you could get that would reset the phone, but that's pretty much it.

              Whereas the current list of Android malware is quite depressing reading and a new vulnerability is reported every week.

              NB - I'd like it known that I am actually quite sad about the fact that Android has holes in it. I suspect there are holes in WP too, it's just that nobody's found them yet. And of course, the market share is lower which means it's less of a vector for attack. Ironically, this is the exact (and only) reason that linux vulnerabilities are less common than non-mobile Windows vulnerabilities, despite what liars may claim.

              1. RyokuMas Silver badge
                Thumb Up

                Re: @James Hughes 1

                @Dogged - I've said it before, and I'll say it again: there's no such thing as a secure system, just a system that's not going give a big enough result to make it worth going after.

                If WP takes off - and I hope it does, not because I have any particular love for Microsoft, but because I believe that healthy competition is essential to drive market growth and innovation - I dare say it will only be a matter of time before someone finds a hole in it. The walled garden will help, but if it starts to prove worthwhile, the hackers will be there...

          3. David Neil
            Meh

            Re: @Obviously!

            I wouldn't trust any phone with my online banking.

            3/10 for making me reply to the troll

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: @Obviously!

        @Jah Bless: I used skydrive for my phones (first a wp7.5 then a wp8) and loaded them on that way. You could also point your phone at a local exchange server, mail the key to the phone's user and download it over an internal wifi connection. Once you've installed the key you can then set it up for internet hosted push email.

        I'm sure there are other ways, but these are the only ones I've tried.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Flame

          Re: @Obviously!

          @Posted Tuesday 22nd January 2013 13:08 GMT

          Anonymous Coward

          Let me explain straight away: I want to put t the damn bloddy certs on the phone, not in the sky high nor a wacky wi-fi network that don't exist for many reasons security included. So, whats my point? If Windows Phone its the next big thing, how on Earth I can't upload the stupid certs on the phone using the Zune software for example?*SIGH*....

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So you wasted your money on Windows Phone

      and you want everyone else to make the same mistake... we get that...

      I have several Windows Phones here (as dev units), and I would never use one for real use, they are simply too buggy, rubbish battery life, and no apps. Really given a Nexus4 is so cheap, there is absolutely NO reason to own any of the Lumia range.

      1. andy 45

        Re: So you wasted your money on Windows Phone

        Is that you Eadon?

  14. 1Rafayal

    Hardware Piracy

    Bit off topic, but I wonder how long it will be until hardware piracy will become the vogue?

    I remember the days before broadband, if you wanted some dodgy software there were people over in Asia ready and willing to sell you DVD's of pirated apps and games. I remember being able to email some dude over in Indonesia and get a jiffy bag full of 'HK Silvers' for the PSX as well as Windows apps.

    With 3D printers becoming more and more accessible to the ordinary person, I wonder how long it will be until we can print our own knock-off iPhone clones, without having to buy them from Chinese websites?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Windows

      Re: Hardware Piracy

      Well, until they can print silicon, tantalum, lithium, cadmium and a raft of other metals, plus do 60nm or whatever to print the processors, i think a long time!!!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hardware Piracy

        @Cornz 1 - I suspect the comment was more along the lines of "How long 'till we see knock off lego."

        1. Dave 126 Silver badge

          Re: Hardware Piracy

          >"How long 'till we see knock off lego."

          You'd have a helluva job... Lego is injection moulded to very high tolerances. I did stumble across a tech website recently that plotted the standard deviation for Lego bricks made in different decades. Making Lego bricks is the very opposite of what you'd want a 3D printer for.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Hardware Piracy

            @Dave: These guys seem to have had a good go at it: http://fffff.at/free-universal-construction-kit/

            1. Dave 126 Silver badge

              Re: Hardware Piracy

              Ohhh, I see- 'adaptor bricks' to allow different brands of construction kit to be used together! Nice.

              Yeah, making individual parts to be used with (or replace broken parts of) existing manufactured products is exactly what 3D printing is good for.

              (though still not for making thousands of identical units, which is what I thought was meant)

    2. Brydo

      Re: Hardware Piracy

      With 3D printers becoming more and more accessible to the ordinary person, I wonder how long it will be until we can print our own knock-off iPhone clones, without having to buy them from Chinese websites?

      "We" - - Who actually buys a clone iPhone?

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